blow·hard | \ ˈblō-ˌhärd \
plural blowhards

Definition of blowhard 

: an arrogantly and pompously boastful or opinionated person : braggart, windbag … was trapped in a hellish marriage to … a struttingly insensitive macho blowhard. —Owen Gleiberman But he was seen by many in Congress as a blowhard, given to long-winded talks bristling with allusions to the Bible, ancient history, and the Constitution. —Thomas E. Ricks

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Examples of blowhard in a Sentence

a politician who is the stereotypical backslapping blowhard a blowhard who always had to act like she was better than anyone else

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Choppy ice conditions kept causing pucks to wobble, a product of 90-degree temperatures outside (and not hot air wheezed by blowhards whining about an expansion team’s success). Alex Prewitt,, "Golden Knights, Capitals Provide Game 1 Cup Final Spectacle Fitting for Vegas," 29 May 2018 In what are probably Sen. John McCain’s last months, the former POW and Republican presidential nominee has been denounced as a traitor, a collaborator, an egomaniac, a blowhard, a fake, a liberal and, worst of all, irrelevant. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "Hating McCain: Grant, Ted Kennedy and Nixon got a break at the end. But times change.," 23 May 2018 Conservative blowhards are quick to tell black people that slavery was something a few white men did centuries ago. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Free Thought Is for White People," 2 May 2018 Stephen Colbert, inhabiting his parody of a right-wing blowhard, did the same thing to George W. Bush in 2006. Staff,, "Comment here on court and crime stories for Monday, April 30, 2018," 30 Apr. 2018 The choice this time was a larger deterrent -- or be seen as a blowhard. Tim Lister, CNN, "Syria strikes: The real impact is in Moscow," 14 Apr. 2018 And Hollis’s troupe, in which God is played by a mellifluous blowhard named Larking, has good reason to doubt him. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Amateurs’ Takes On God, Noah’s Ark and the Plague. For Laughs.," 27 Feb. 2018 There were plenty of blowhards, bigots and boors, not to mention people who really shouldn’t be wearing madras. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "The Kardashians Killed the Hamptons," 3 July 2014 Rick Grimes and his posse based in Alexandria have spent the season going toe-to-toe with the blowhard meanie Negan and his group, the Saviors. Steve Johnson,, "What you need to know as 'Walking Dead' returns to finish Season 8," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of blowhard

1848, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blowhard

: a person who talks too much and who has strong opinions that other people dislike

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